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    at/in

    I buy the doll at a toy shop.

    I buy the doll in a toy shop.

    Which of the above is correct?

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    Re: at/in

    You can use 'at' or 'in' here.

    Your sentence itself is not very natural. These are less unnatural:

    I bought a/the doll ...
    I buy dolls (for my daughter) ...
    I am buying/I am going to buy a doll...

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    Re: at/in

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You can use 'at' or 'in' here.

    Your sentence itself is not very natural. These are less unnatural:

    I bought a/the doll ...
    I buy dolls (for my daughter) ...
    I am buying/I am going to buy a doll...
    Thanks!

    Are they both correct for the following?

    1) in a hotel, in a restaurant, in a supermarket, in the office, in the library, in the bank

    2) at a hotel, at a restaurant, at a supermarket. at the office, at the library, at the bank

    ‘At’ refers to a point or a place, what does a point mean?





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    Re: at/in

    Can anyone help?

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    Re: at/in

    Quote Originally Posted by bh1234 View Post
    Thanks!

    Are they both correct for the following?

    1) in a hotel, in a restaurant, in a supermarket, in the office, in the library, in the bank

    2) at a hotel, at a restaurant, at a supermarket. at the office, at the library, at the bank

    ĎAtí refers to a point or a place, what does a point mean?

    Depending on context, "at" or "in" are possible with all those locations you suggested.

    A "point" (in this context) is simply another word for a place or a location, geographical or physical. We usually use it in phrases like "a point on a map", "a point in a book", "a point in a report".

    There are other meanings of "point" of course.

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